Wednesday, March 19, 2014


1 lb ground beef
1/2 c chopped onion
1 large tomato, chopped
1 can  (10.75 oz) tomato soup
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce or 3 of the small cans
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
8-10 lasagna noodles
2 eggs
1 large container cottage cheese (small curd)
1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese
3-4 c grated mozzarella cheese
2 TBSP parsley

In a medium skillet, cook onion and meet till brown.  Drain off grease.  Stir in tomatoes, tomato soup, tomato sauce, garlic seasoning, Italian seasoning, and salt.  Set aside.

Meanwhile boil noodles for 10-12 minutes or till tender but still firm.  Drain noodles, rinse with cold water.

In a medium bowl, combine cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese, eggs and parsley.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Prepare a 9x13 inch glass pan by spraying bottom with non-stick cooking spray.

Now you are going to put everything together in layers.  Start with a little bit of the meat sauce in the bottom of the pan, just barely enough to cover the bottom of the pan so the noodles don't stick.  Then you layer the noodles.  You will layer these lengthwise across the pan, so that the edges overlap by about 1/4 inch.  4-5 noodles across.  Then a layer of the cheese mixture.  Next a layer of sauce.  Then another layer of noodles, this time laying them width wise (you will have to cut them so they fit, I usually cut them about 2/3 of the way, then use the small piece leftover for the next section and so on till you cover your sauce and use the rest of the noodles).  Then a layer of cheese, then the rest of the sauce.  Top it all off with 2-3 cups of Mozzarella cheese.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, uncovered till cheese is melted and lasagna is heated all the way through.  Let stand for 10 minutes once you take it out of the oven and before serving.

We have been on a restricted diet at our house for the last 3 years, I have 2 kids who have had food allergies at different times.  My son had a gluten intolerance for 2 years that he was able to outgrow (though he still prefers to eat gluten free and won't eat things like cold cereal or bread)  and then my daughter developed a dairy allergy.  We have been working with an allergy specialist for the past 2 months and I am so happy to say that for once we can finally eat like we used to.  Last week while preparing a menu for our bi-weekly grocery trip, my daughter asked if we could have lasagna.  Something I haven't made in over 3 years.  I decided to give it a try, and voila.  It was as good as i remember. 

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